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Maricopa County is a county in southern Arizona near the border of Mexico—ground zero for the arrival of illegal immigrants. Being in and near deserts, its temperatures soar up to deadly heights. The harsh climate creates a huge obstacle for those who attempt to cross the border. Some people never make it across alive. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/

There are local organizations that work with each other to put out water and other life-saving resources for people who cross the border. There is an organization called the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund that generously donates to organizations like this.

The Fund is owned by two men who are very sympathetic to the cause of immigrants who cross the border—Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. These two men have written for The Phoenix New Times—a left-winged publication—ever since the early 1970s. Since the 1990s, they have been closely following the actions of Sheriff Arpaio. As a result, Arpaio took an interest in persecuting them. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund

In 2007, Lacey and Larkin experienced the shock of being manhandled by cops in plain clothes, thrown into vans and taken to separate jails. This happened because they kept poking at Sheriff Arpaio, constantly exposing his wrongdoings on their online publication.

They pursued their case in court and worked out a deal with Maricopa County to be handed over $3.7 million dollars. Upon receiving this money, Lacey and Larkin did not just fade into the woodwork or spend the money on unneeded material items—they founded the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund!

What would Sheriff Arpaio think of the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund? Well, judging by what kind of ideology he goes by, he would probably not agree with the existence of the Fund. He would probably consider it as the abetment of criminals.

Arpaio kept racially profiling people after he got into trouble for it. As a result, he was held in criminal contempt. Trump pardoned him in 2017, letting Arpaio get off Scott-free. Some people believe that Arpaio was completely correct in his policy to spot and detain potential illegal aliens. Other people, like Lacey and Larkin, opine otherwise.

All over the website for the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund, you can find story after story about Sheriff Arpaio. For years, they have been on his butt like glue, digging up every little piece of negative information about him that they can find.

There are also some negative stories about Trump because, of course, Trump is classified as being a total “bigot” in the same way that Arpaio is.

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